Gas Pipeline Alert:
OSFR attended the Suwannee County BOCC meeting on Tuesday. Dave Hanna, representing the Ichetucknee River Estates Property Homeowner's Association IREPHA, did an excellent job discussing the problems with trenching for a 36" gas transmission pipeline in the forested neighborhood next to the Santa Fe River. After listening to Mr. Hanna, the Commission asked their Attorney, Jimmy Prevatt, to draft a letter to Sabal and FERC to ask them to remove it from the 33rd Road corridor route, a springshed, and find an alternate route. Dave Hanna and OSFR has given Mr. Prevatt information to support this move.
An independent professional geologist, who just so happens to have grown up in this neighborhood and understands the complexity of this hydro-geological phenomenon, is nearly complete with a peer reviewed technical survey of the tenuous karstic conditions of the Santa Fe River and this location as compared to other similar locations on the River itself.
When we receive the copy, we will post it here. It is intended for the scoping meetings that will begin next week for our area.
The Suwannee County BOCC was poorly attended, but effective nonetheless.
The Gilchrist County meeting several weeks ago was very good with attendance and comments. Gilchrist is nearly done with their letter to the FERC; when we get it, we will share it here.
Please consider sending your own letter into the FERC portal www.ferc.gov search for PF-14-1 and make an ecomment.
FERC has told me that the Santa Fe River area has been the most resistant to the proposed route. With good reason, I say. It is a terrible location.
In fact, the entire proposed pipeline through the State of Florida is ripe with problems, this is our Springs Heartland they are trying to dig into it. We are learning, Sabal Trails is merely an LLC designed to protect itself from future litigation, the real company building the trail is Spectra Energy, and they have numerous violations and fines imposed upon them for pipeline problems, such as explosions and lack of oversight after the pipe is installed into the ground. Please see spectrabusters.org for more information.
When the Gilchrist County BOCC and Levy County representatives asked Sabal representatives about violations and their safety record, the representatives said 'I don't know and if the BOCC need more explanation to visit their company's website!'
Beware, friendly evasive tactics have been Sabal's character.
Please attend one or more of these scoping meetings:
Monday, March 24, 2014
Live Oak City Hall
101 White Avenue Southeast
Live Oak, FL 32064
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Bell High School
930 South Main Street
Bell, FL 32619
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Rainbow Springs Country Club
19330 Southwest 83rd Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432
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